Bridgewater Christmas on the Common
Video Courtesy of BTV Access
Source Credit: BBA
Story by Bailey Henschen, BuzzAround Intern
On December 3rd, the Bridgewater Business Association (BBA) held their annual Christmas on the Common Parade and Festival! Between 9 am and 1 pm, more than 50 local vendors, food trucks, and crafts, were featured. Attendees also enjoyed photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a few Disney princesses, along with plenty of entertaining activities for all ages.

Despite the weather, a little rain didn't hold back hearty Bridgewater-ites from all the fun and holiday cheer. It was a great occasion to reconnect with friends and support local vendors.This event was captured on video and can be seen on BTV Access.

Thank you to Bridgewater Business Association for hosting this wonderful event and thank you to all the volunteers and attendees!
Historical Tidbit:
Christmas in Bridgewater 1960
Part 2 The Town Celebrates
 Around the first of December a group of volunteers would decorate the town common with brightly colored wooden, almost life size toy soldiers, miniature buildings for the elves, and, of course, Santa and his sleigh. Later I learned that they were constructed from the wooden cases that were once casket shipping containers from the local undertaker. The Christmas decorations were crafted by high school students and then painted by the volunteers. On the front lawn of the Academy Building would be a traditional manger display.
Bridgewater had many ethnic celebrations for the Christmas holidays. Many of the neighborhood stores of Portuguese, Italian, Polish, or Lithuanian origin would sell the Christmas specialties of their traditions. After WWII inter-ethnic shopping was more accepted and the great availability made it more common for everybody to share in these holiday goodies. In town, we had Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Lithuanian Clubs and a variety of church groups that would each hold Christmas celebrations and us Moore children were able to visit these with friends.

Each year, we especially looked forward to the second Sunday of December. The Hammond Street Portuguese Club would be decorated with red and green bunting, a small Christmas tree and tables covered with cookies and sweet breads. There would be a visit from Santa with a gift for each child along with a bag of hard candy, ribbon candy and small candy canes. Then later that evening we would gather at my grandmother’s and make preparations to journey to the biggest town party of all. Lucey Shoe, where many of my family members had worked, would set up a large tent on their front lawn. Tables were covered with wrapped large gifts. Employees were dressed in Christmas costumes to assist Santa. Hundreds of us kids stood in line for what seemed like hours on a cold December Sunday night.

There were no rain dates, bathrooms or cups of hot chocolate and everyone had to sit with Santa to earn a gift. This kept most of the big kids away; this was a magical treat only for those serious about Christmas.  The gifts were quite nice and were all accompanied with a large cane filled with hard candies. Following the visit, we would once again gather at my grandmother to compare our good fortune with our cousins’.

The following week was spent preparing for the Christmas Eve celebration at my Grandmother’s, which is a whole separate story in itself.

Respectfully Submitted, David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
@ St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St
2 x month 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
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Bridgewater Public Libraries December Artist
"Come check out Bridgewater Libraries December Artist, Isabel Shamitz. Isabel has been creating artwork all her life from a young age, and, until recently, divided her time between teaching locally and exhibiting her paintings. Her love of Boston’s urban scenery is evident in the vivid colors and details of her distinctive cityscapes and portraits, capturing both image and essence in her subjects.

You can find the Flora T. Little Art Gallery on the second floor of the library. If you like Isabel's artwork, be sure to check out the exhibit as well as her website: Issy Art Website"

Reposted from:Bridgewater Library FB
Polar Express Christmas Light Display
Dec 17-19
5 - 7p
The Fun Factory
27 Perkins St

The Fun Factory has partnered with Mapping Creator to transform the large back of 27 Perkins St into a holiday canvas for a special projection mapping of The Polar Express.

This festive display, about 7-8 minutes long, will play on a loop from 5-7pm. To watch & hear, simply tune in to the show through your car's radio and enjoy the audio in the comfort of your own vehicle. Feel free to gather your loved ones, pull into public parking, and let The Polar Express unfold before your eyes! Please note, if weather challenges arise, there may be a need to postpone certain dates. Please stay tuned for updates on the Fun Factory Event page. For more information and updates, visit the Fun Factory Polar Express Light Display Event Page.
BW COA
December Events!
10 Wally Krueger Way

Art Classes with Laurie Halls, Thursdays at 12p: Unlock your creativity with Laurie Halls in classes covering portraits, landscapes, still life, and animals. No experience needed. No class on 12/28. $5 covers all supplies.

Alices Cafe - "Live" Game Show w/ Kevin Richman (RSVP Required), Dec 21, 10a:
Get ready for a thrilling trivia game with Kevin Richman at Alices Cafe. Call 508-697-0929 to RSVP.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Club, Dec 22, 8:45a: Kickstart your day with vitality! Join the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Club for an exercise session and a healthy start!

Find more info and events by checking out the Council on Aging December Newsletter (PDF).
BW Little League
Majors Tryouts
Fri, Dec 22, 6 - 8p
Bridgewater Sports Complex
350 Bedford St

The Bridgewater Little League is hosting Majors tryouts/evaluations for players aged 10-12! It's a fantastic chance for baseball enthusiasts to showcase their skills and go for a spot on the Majors team. Don't miss out on the opportunity to join and be part of the excitement!

For more information about tryouts and to sign up to reserve your spot, please visit the BLL website
Support the Cardinal Cushing School Store!

The Kids of Central Square Congregational Church are partnering with Cardinal Cushing School in Hanover to ask for your help to enhance their unique school store experience as a part of their Season of Giving theme. The kids are asking for people to donate items for the school store at Cardinal Cushing School.

You can help by donating items valued at no more than $5 to keep the school store stocked with cool rewards. Think toys, coloring books, colored pencils, markers, games, and puzzles – items that add an extra dash of fun to the learning experience.

Drop-off Locations:

Church Side Door: Unwrapped items can be left in the donation box inside the side door to the church (Church St. entrance) during office hours, meetings, or Sunday worship.
Church Thrift Shop: Visit the donation box at the church thrift shop on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10 AM and 1 PM.
Questions or Further Assistance:
Contact CSCC at 508-697-6016 or via email at office@csccucc.com.

More Information at Central Square Church
Climate Can Do: Recycling Trees & Electronics

While there is much to celebrate this time of year, it's important to remember that these times also generate more waste than usual. As we approach the holiday season, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Recycling Christmas Trees
If you are buying a real Christmas tree this year, please remove the tree of all decorations like tinsels, ornaments, metal rings and do not cover the tree in plastic bags when throwing them out. Some towns recycle natural Christmas trees into mulch that can be used for municipal landscaping projects. So please take a moment to clear your trees before tossing them out!
In Bridgewater, our Boy Scouts will pick up Christmas trees. More information to come.

Recycling Electronics
Did you received a new phone or tablet during the holidays? Consider recycling your old electronics instead of throwing it out. Any Staples store accept old electronics everyday. Check out the Staples website for the list of electronics they accept. Below are some Staples locations in the area:
  • 600 S ST W, Raynham
  • 500 Westgate Dr, Brockton

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Queenie Chen, BuzzAround Intern, Tufts University. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
2024 Dog Licenses Available Now!

2024 Dog Licenses are now available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s Office in Bridgewater. Valid from January 1st through December 31st, these licenses are a must for all dog owners. To make the process easy, a dog licensing form for the entire calendar year will be sent to all residents alongside the 2024 Annual Town Census.
Find more information here at Dog License Info.
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Additional Free COVID Tests Available!

The U.S. government is offering to send another round of four at-home virus tests ahead of the typical surge in cases during the winter holiday season.

Anyone who did not order a batch of four COVID-19 tests in September can secure up to eight of them this time here at COVIDtests.gov. Those who received four of them earlier this year can order another four. The U.S. Postal Service will deliver them for free. Find more info at Free COVID Tests.
Warmth In Cold Places

As the weather begins to get colder, the need to help others stay warm in our community grows. Please consider donating new or very gently used hats, gloves, socks, sweat shirts, base layers and coats (winter items only). Cash donations are greatly appreciated and will go towards the purchase of needed items. Checks can be mailed to the church at 71 Central Square, Bridgewater, and online donations may be made at csccucc.org.

Please bring all items to donate to Central Square Congregational Church, and place in the receptacle container marked "Warmth in Cold Places" found in the shelving unit inside the side entrance (Church St. entrance). We will be collecting until further notice. Questions? 508-697-6016 or office@csccucc.com. The church is open Tue, Thu, and Fri 9-1; Wed 11-3; and Sun 9-11.

Parks and Recreation
December 11, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Tree Committee
December 12, 2023
Video Courtesy of The Town of Bridgewater
Bridgewater State University Professor
Named Massachusetts' Counselor Educator of The Year!
For the past two decades, Dr. Christy Lyons Graham has dedicated herself to teaching at Bridgewater State University. Her outstanding commitment to her role recently culminated in the well-deserved recognition of Massachusetts Counselor Educator of The Year, awarded by The Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association. Over the years, Dr. Lyons Graham has embraced many responsibilities, transitioning between roles such as department chair, fieldworker director, and the founding faculty advisor of Chi Sigma Iota—an esteemed international counseling honor society. Fueled by the inspiration drawn from her students, Dr. Lyons Graham gratefully acknowledges their part in sustaining her motivation each semester. We want to extend a big congratulations to Dr. Graham for this remarkable honor!

Source & Photo Credits: BSU Website
Story by Jamie Puhi, BuzzAround Intern, SNHU
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Friendship

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
~ Bob Marley

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” ~ Jess C. Scott, The Intern

“How many slams in an old screen door?
Depends how loud you shut it.
How many slices in a bread?
Depends how thin you cut it.
How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live 'em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give 'em.”
~ Shel Silverstein

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
~ Charles Lamb
Ahhh I love that, nonsense respected. True friendship. Cherish it! ~ Jacquie
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